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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (451 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Buonomano Narrator: William Hughes Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A lively, surprising tour of our mental glitches and how they arise

With its trillions of connections, the human brain is more beautiful and complex than anything we could ever build, but it’s far from perfect: our memory is unreliable; we can’t multiply large sums in our heads; advertising manipulates our judgment; we tend to distrust people who are different from us; supernatural beliefs and superstitions are hard to shake; we prefer instant gratification to long-term gain; and what we presume to be rational decisions are often anything but. Drawing on striking examples and fascinating studies, neuroscientist Dean Buonomano illuminates the causes and consequences of these “bugs” in terms of the brain’s innermost workings and their evolutionary purposes. He then goes one step further, examining how our brains function—and malfunction—in the digital, predator-free, information-saturated, special-effects-addled world that we have built for ourselves. Along the way, Brain Bugs gives us the tools to hone our cognitive strengths while recognizing our inherent weaknesses.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Writing a book about the hardware and software flaws of the human brain is an ingenious idea, and Buonomano has fully delivered on its promise…Brain Bugs is a remarkably accessible and engaging introduction to the neuroscience of the human condition.”

    Sam Harris, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Intriguing take on behavioral economics, marketing, and human foibles.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “In Brain Bugs, Dean Buonomano has brilliantly pulled off what few psychological scientists can do. In elegant and clear writing, he masterfully conveys the astonishing capability of the human mind, along with its flaws and limitations.”

    Elizabeth Loftus, distinguished professor at the University of California–Irvine, and author of Eyewitness Testimony

  • “What a great book, filled with nuggets about how the brain works—and falters—and even some suggestions on how to put it to better use. Very enjoyable.”

    Joseph LeDoux, NYU neuroscientist and author of The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Self

  • “William Hughes has a pleasant, slightly rough voice that puts the listener in mind of a professor. His friendly tones draw listeners in and focus their attention…A worthwhile audio experience.”


  • A Library Journal Bestseller: Physiology

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Missmath144 | 2/17/2014

    " This a captivating read about how our brains work, particularly the flaws. Have you ever recalled an event in the past and then others who were present swear that it happened differently? Each person has a vivid memory of the event . . . completely clear, no doubts . . . just like a video replay in the head? That is because our memories are actually created (and recreated each time we call the memory up) by our minds, which take into account our background knowledge, things we fill in to make sense of what we saw, comments and questions people have asked about the event. No matter how certain one is of a memory, none of us can truly know exactly what happened, but we aren't willing to question what seems so clear and evident to us. This is just one of several topics dealt with in the book. It's fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Trever | 2/14/2014

    " Great book full of brain flaws and bugs that you wouldn't normally think of. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Janet | 2/13/2014

    " Bran Bugs is an accessible mix of psychology and neuroscience that deals with the many ways our brains aren't as good as we wish they were. Buonomoano answers (to the best of the ability of current science) questions like: why is it so much easier to remember someone's profession than their name? Why do slanderous negative campaign ads work so well? Why is instant gratification so compelling? (more when I finish the book..) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kyle Buendia | 2/3/2014

    " Excellent book, unlike many other books about the irrational mind this one actually explains why our brains are so glitch. "

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